This is about to become a common sight in our beloved Bishop Arts District neighborhood. In fact this sight is just off Bishop, across from the Laughing Willow. There are demo’d vacant lots in the middle of neighborhoods all over North Oak Cliff’s most popular entertainment district. I’ve found three new ones within the last week. Here’s the skinny on the last 10 projects under construction now, for a grand total of 27 individual projects.

“How did this happen?” you might ask. Perhaps it was the local option election that made North Oak Cliff “wet” in 2010? Or the nearby Trinity Groves’ explosion into Dallas’ culinary scene? Or Bishop Arts’ own explosion onto the ‘great neighborhood’ scene? Maybe the Bishop/Davis Rezoning Plan in 2010 or the Oak Cliff Gateway zoning changes in 2014 (and then updated in 2015)? Or did it all start in 2002 with the Bishop Street reconstruction? Maybe it’s a bit of all of this — and great neighbors who throw great, big annual events. For sure, that.

Your favorite restaurants and shops need your support more than ever before — with all the construction, sales are down about 30 percent across the board.  Seventeen (and counting) separate construction sites are underway within a half-mile of the district! From now on you need to make weekly trips — to gauge progress on these, have a bite to eat, and find something you can’t live without. There are some GREAT new shops opening too — ALL owned by Dallas and Oak Cliff locals. Legit.

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In Part 1 we covered the big development projects under construction immediately around the Bishop Arts District (projects numbered 1-8 on the map.) Part 2 covered the projects mostly west of Bishop Arts (projects 9-16.) Here are projects numbered 17-26 below. (Yes! 26! Though more like 28 actually….) Note that project numbers correspond to the map above.

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A new familiar sight in North Oak Cliff.

In the first part of this overview we covered the big development projects under construction immediately around the Bishop Arts District (projects numbered 1-8 on the map below.) Driving through the neighborhood, it’s unbelievable how much construction is occurring simultaneously. Over $330 million according to my calculations. Not to mention all the road work and utility work: the extension of parallel parking further south on Bishop Ave has wrapped up, Adams Street has been widened, Melba and Madison will get a facelift as soon as the utility work is complete, and Jefferson’s having new brick crosswalks and beautified medians constructed.

Real Estate projects under construction or in development in North Oak Cliff.

The road reconstruction in North Oak Cliff isn’t over yet though: soon the Tyler-Polk Two-Way conversion will be under construction (planned completion in 2019) and a “complete streets” redesign of Davis Street was on the agenda in 2014 when the City Design Studio completed a thoroughfare study. Who knows when that will get funded. Hopefully not for a while — we’re all getting a bit of construction-fatigue.

Here’s the skinny on the development projects sprinkled all over the North Oak Cliff neighborhood, in various phases of development. Note the project numbers corresponding to the map above.

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I think Tudors are growing on me. It wasn’t too long ago that I got hives just looking at the walled-in rooms and steep-pitched roofs. It all seemed so confined. Now, however, it all feels so cozy. The brick exteriors, the stained glass accent windows, and the lovely archways are all alluring to me, as is 1049 Turner Ave.

While traditional decor isn’t my thing, I love just about everything about this Kessler Highlands home, which is on the market for $349,900. It clocks in at a not-too-small 1,777 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. This home was built in 1925, so don’t be shocked if there’s a deficit of closet space. The parts of this home that have been renovated were done with resale in mind, too.

A perfect example of this is the kitchen, with the custom vent hood coated in mosaic tile, the backsplash with a pot filler mounted above a Wolf range. It’s a thoughtfully designed kitchen, too, with cabinetry that harmonizes with the wood floor. The glass cabinet doors are perfect to show off china, and hang over a modest-but-functional spice rack. And boy is there plenty of storage!

The master bedroom, while not exactly small, feels a little cramped. I think that’s more a symptom of the owner’s furniture and paint choice rather than the actual size of the room.

The master bath, well, it has A LOT of tile. This can either be an asset or a little overwhelming in the space. I guess that’s up to the prospective buyer. I feel, though, that this bathroom is a bit of a missed opportunity. Wouldn’t it be the perfect candidate for a claw-foot tub? I think so!

The backyard is supremely private, as it’s one of the only ones in the neighborhood with a brick fence. You also have an outdoor fireplace, too, which only ups the cozy factor. This is a particularly friendly neighborhood, too, so expect to have friends to sit around the fire with!

So, what’s your opinion? Are Tudors claustrophobic or cozy?